No Cities Left - The Dears

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 91
    There isn't a tune on No Cities Left, the Dears' gorgeous second album, that's not pitched at a minor state of emergency. [Jan 2005, p.99]
  2. This is an album on which EVERYTHING ace you can think of in indie happens.
  3. 90
    A drizzly doomsday masterpiece. [Nov 2004, p.108]
  4. Sad music has never sounded so uplifting.
  5. 86
    An astoundingly complex, deeply evocative pop record. [#13, p.98]
  6. Sound[s] like Marvin Gaye fronting The Smiths while the London Philharmonic Orchestra has a stab at the Burt Bacharach songbook. [9 Oct 2004, p.55]
  7. 80
    This is seriously literate stuff, and all the better for it. [Nov 2004, p.120]
  8. At its best sounds like a suicidal combination of Blur and the Divine Comedy.
  9. An album that shimmers in unexpected places, is never predictable, and should set the Dears up to be major contenders in 2005.
  10. There’s a bit too much flab on No Cities Left for it to be the truly great album it aspires to be.
  11. Can be summed up succinctly: Damon Albarn sings The Smiths. [Nov 2004, p.130]
  12. A curious amalgamation of styles that is ultimately quirky and compelling.
  13. No Cities Left is a very good album, just not quite the timeless classic some would lead you to believe.
  14. The Dears, by and large, make tracks that would slide without much distinction onto any number of mid-90s albums, neither gumming up the works nor sounding particularly special.
  15. It is true, this album does have songs and nearly all of them suffer the same fate: a few great ideas ruined by the need for everything to be so overblown and melodramatic.
  16. 60
    Neither for the faint of heart, nor for those allergic to pretentiousness. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.103]
  17. There's a strange, almost perfectly equatorial divide between five largely stunning songs, and six that might shine brighter in lesser company. As arranged, it's jarringly half-brilliant and half-blah.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 29, 2011
    This is what got me into the expansive and constantly-impressive realm of Canadian indie rock, and I can't think of anything better to start such an intrepid appreciation. Gold Star Murray Lightburn. Full Review »
  2. DennyC
    Oct 19, 2006
    Lost in the plot & we can have it God damn brilliants songs
  3. TomJ
    Jun 29, 2006